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Unformatted text preview: Class objectives What is developmental psychology? Questions in developmental psychology Themes for the course Learn basic questions, methods, and theories used to study psychological development. Compare predictions from different developmental theories. Evaluate experimental results in terms of their implications for various theories of development. Reminder: we are doing science !!!! A scientific discipline that tries to describe and explain: The changes over time in the structure, thought or behavior of a person due to both biological and environmental influences Always in relation to a specific ability Number, social competence, physical coordination (or lack thereof), language, perception, memory, peer relationships, personality etc. 1. Description of change Many basic questions when taking a developmental approach are descriptive : (e.g. does an ability change with increasing age)? What is the nature of the earlier capacity? What is the nature of the later capacity? 2. Explanation of change Once change is established, a harder question is why and how it occurs at the age that it does....
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- Fall '08
- Developmental Psychology